Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/11/15
I wrote the following, yesterday morning, at approximately 5:00 AM, and I am glad I
did:
I don't know what to predict in terms of what the fishing conditions are going to be
past early this morning. The radar is showing heavy rain to our west and just past
Knoxville. The weather stations vary greatly as to just how much rain they are
expecting and I understand why. The amount of precipitation to be expected at any
location from the type of weather frontal conditions we are experiencing, and will be
experiencing for the next few days, are very difficult to predict. I know just enough
about weather to know that.

It didn't rain enough in the park to mess up a woman's makeup, yet the entire
southeastern United States had weather radar lit up like it would rain for seven days
and seven nights.

Guess what? I'm not about to guess at what today will bring. The streams have just
started to rise a tad and of course, they are marginal in so far as safe wading levels
are concerned. Here is my advise. Forget the weather and go fishing. If you drive
down Little River, take a lot of extra windshield washing fluid. What bugs the trout
don't eat will be on your windshield.

Seriously, Blue Quills, Quills Gordons, Blue-winged Olives, Little Black Caddis, Little
Brown Stoneflies and probably even some house flies will be hatching.

And Seriously, do be careful. Especially you
(ain't as smart as you think you are) college students on
Spring Break that think you can part the water like Moses.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect showers with high near 64. West wind will be around 5 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 90%.  Tonight's low will be around 50.

Thursday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. It will beloudy,
with a high near 65. Southeast wind around will be around 5 mph.

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
to links to see updates:

Little River: 564 cfs at 2.53 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate735 cfs at 2,24 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 205 cfs at 2.96 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. According to Angie, it was still
high yesterday afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess it
they are still too high to safely wade.

Current Recommended Streams:  Any low elevation stream.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Quill Gordons: 12/14
nymphs
emerging duns
duns
spinners

Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
adults

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds
of catching numbers of fish.
Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds of success. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as
many as if you fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good
techniques and the right flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.
Strategy:
Until I spotted something hatching, I would fish a size 18 Blue Quill Nymph. They are
little crawler nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are currently
hatching.

If you spot something hatching (coming off the water) that is relatively small, it will
most likely be Blue Quills, Blue-winged Olives,or Little Black Caddis. It it is relatively
large, it will be a Quill Gordon. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult
imitations of the insect.  

Tips for Beginners:
Beware of the high, swift water.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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